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Another Pathfinder character! This time an villainous dwarf warrior; had a lot of fun with the pose on this guy, and epic beards are always fun to paint.

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More Pathfinder! A more typical warrior guy on this one; had a lot of fun working on his portrait experimenting with cool light, which I don't normally use, but quite liked how it turned out.

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WORK IN PROGRESS: Findis, Daughter of Finwë


”[The name] Findis was made by combining the names of her parents. Little is said of her in The Silmarillion. She did not go into exile, but went with her mother after the slaying of Finwë and they abode among the Vanyar in grief until such time as it seemed good to Manwë to restore Finwë to life [ - if he ever did so..].”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Shibboleth of Fëanor; The names of Finwë's descendants (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth)



Character Background

Findis was Finwë’s eldest daughter and second child, the first from his second marriage to Indis of the Vanyar. Of Finwë’s daughters Findis was the “good girl” - she was the image of her mother and shared her kind, gentle and patient demeanour. When the other children of Finwë went abroad rebelling and causing trouble, she stayed obediently at home with her mother.. and missed all the “fun” of course..

Design Concept

I picture Findis as very tall (6'3" / 191 cm) and golden-haired, like her Vanyarin mother and her youngest brother Finarfin. Like the Vanyar (at least the way I see them), she would wear very plain and simple, traditional white dress, a palla-type cloak, no large ornaments or jewellery, and walk barefoot. I wanted her to look very serene and calm.. and as chaste as a nun.

The heraldic design is by me; inspired by Tolkien’s heraldry for Finwë and =elegaer’s great design for Indis. The smaller design below her name is my idea for the emblem of the House of Finwë, based on Tolkien’s Finwë design.

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This is a WIP character sketch for my “Lords of the Ñoldor” project. It combines the scanned, not-yet-cleaned-up pencil lineart without shading or highlights, the current idea for the heraldic device(s) and the Tengwar inscription (I haven't decided yet whether I want to use the regular script or the cursive style, so I included both) to be used in the triptych. At some point I might finish it up as an individual character portrait but for now it’s just a WIP component.

Character drawn on regular copy paper, no references used. The original is quite small; she’s about 12 cm tall (that’s a bit under 5” for the measurement-impaired). I used a regular HB pencil that I try not to sharpen too much.. gives the line a nice thickness and more lively(=uneven) character. The size also keeps me from adding too many details, which would be lost anyway in the finished piece where the characters are fairly small.

The heraldic designs were drawn in AutoCAD, assembled in Photoshop.

It’s still WIP, so comments, ideas, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome! :)


WIP:Lords of Noldor: Triptych Layout

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Character Portraits
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WORK IN PROGRESS: The Lords of Ñoldor - The House of Finwë - Character Portraits
[or Ñoldorin Character Sketches -Redux-]


This is a by-product of my ambitious “Lords of the Ñoldor” WIP project.. a revised version of my character portrait compilation to serve as a reference sheet for myself (and hopefully a handy way to check who’s who among the Ñoldor for others.. ;)).

I will keep this in Scraps as a WIP and update it as I complete more characters for the main project. When(/if..) I have completed them all, I’ll finalize it and move it to my main gallery.. (and dump the old sketch to scraps).

As a © note, Finwë’s heraldic design is by Tolkien (as are all characters and names, naturally..), the four house emblems are by me. All drawn by me.

It’s a WIP, so comments and ideas on how to improve the layout etc. are welcome!

Individual character designs can be seen more properly at their respective WIP pages:

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Finwë

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Míriel and Indis

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Fëanor

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Findis

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Fingolfin

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Lalwen

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Finarfin
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WORK IN PROGRESS: Ñolofinwë Arakáno, Son of Finwë


Character Background

Fingolfin was Finwë’s third child (second by Indis) and second son, renowned for his strength and wisdom. He became the regent of the Ñoldor in Tirion after Finwë retired to Formenost with the banished Fëanor. After the death of their father the half-brothers disputed the kingship of the Ñoldor and led their people in pursuit of Morgoth and the Silmarils all the way to Beleriand. There Fingolfin eventually became the first High King of the exiled Noldor.

He was perhaps the greatest warrior among the Eldar and a natural leader who inspired loyalty, but like his father and most Ñoldor he was quite proud and perhaps a tad bit too fond of power - which strained his relations with Fëanor even further. Still, he was much more of a diplomat than Fëanor at any rate.

Design Concept

I picture Fingolfin as the tallest (6'9" / 206 cm) and strongest of the sons of Finwë, with athletic broad-shouldered body type (which I view as uncommon among the Elves), strong-jawed face and medium-long straight hair of very dark brown colour. I see him as slightly vainglorious.. not quite as much as his father, but he would wear flamboyant, intricately decorated formal robes of blue, white, silver and gold to show off his wealth and status and would generally bask in the attention and reverence his elevated position granted him.

The heraldic design is my interpretation of Tolkien’s original design for Fingolfin. The smaller design below his name is my idea for a more simplified emblem of the House of Fingolfin, a white/silver star on a deep blue background.

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This is a WIP character sketch for my “Lords of the Ñoldor” project. It combines the scanned, not-yet-cleaned-up pencil lineart without shading or highlights, the current idea for the heraldic device(s) and the Tengwar inscription (I haven't decided yet whether I want to use the regular script or the cursive style, so I included both) to be used in the triptych. At some point I might finish it up as an individual character portrait but for now it’s just a WIP component.

Character drawn on regular copy paper, no references used. The originals are quite small; each character is under 15 cm tall (that’s a bit under 6” for the measurement-impaired). I draw them with a regular HB pencil that I try not to sharpen too much.. gives the line a nice thickness and more lively(=uneven) character. The size also keeps me from adding too many details, which would be lost anyway in the finished piece where the characters are fairly small.

The heraldic designs were drawn in AutoCAD, I looked at Tolkien’s design for reference. Assembled in Photoshop. (--Hard to say what category this should go into, but let’s say traditional, since the pencil drawing is the main thing..)

It’s still WIP, so comments, ideas, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome! :)


WIP:Lords of Noldor: Triptych Layout

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Character Portraits
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Battle Axe warrior design i did for a set a while back; this is 2 of 4.

related characters:
Archer
Wizard
Valkyrie
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tonight's painting
several hours.
model: :iconhilarykeller:

Happy Birthday! :)

I and III

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Another Pathfinder character!

This one is actually one of my favorites, simply for the fact that how often do you get to paint a cripple for a fantasy game? Usually everyone's just swinging swords, shooting spells and looking badass. It's refreshing to do something more quiet and thoughtful, and it was quite a challenge figuring out how to pose her, but I like how it turned out in the end. :)

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More Pathfinder!

A fairly typical paladin type warrior; had a lot of fun studying old knights' armor for this guy and am fairly happy with the design. Working the motif of his sigil in to the armor was an interesting challenge; and also dark skin is a ton of fun to paint. =P

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Next up for the Game of Thrones Night's Watch pieces, here are some of the new character types! The Defeated Sellsword, Spearwife and War Leader.

Thanks for looking!

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